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Harare Outlines Business Licensing Procedures | Full Statement

Harare Outlines Business Licensing Procedures | Full Statement

Full statement by Harare City Council Acting Town Clerk Phakamile Moyo on business licensing.

The City is inundated with complaints of alleged corrupt conduct by individuals purporting to be City of Harare officials, demanding personal payments for the business licensing process.

There are also reports of unsanctioned enforcement exercises by some undesignated and unauthorised officers’ who are also allegedly demanding personal payments.

Some business clients have also been fleeced of their money by middlemen whom they give money and disappear thereafter. The business community is hereby advised to;

  • approach the business licensing desk at council offices for any business licensing application processing or enquiries and should desist from engaging middlemen
  • make all payments for business licences at Council offices where receipts and licences are issued, no money should be paid to individuals
  • ask for official identification of persons visiting their premises and report any acts of corruption
  • obtain business licences for their operations to avoid any inconveniences.

Council does not tolerate any corrupt practices by its employees, any such acts should be reported to the Director of Health Services on 0242-774141-3 for action.

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3 Comments

Two boy lite 2 months ago

reason why middlemen chips in for this deal is CoH is very corrupt on its own i applying for a business license t took 3months no respond when i visit for a follow up they pointed in a room full of application copies and say pick yours imagine all applications stacked in cardboxs where can i start from

kuzongonzwa procedure yacho nxaa u need an inspector to physically inspect th place he wright a report sign up then send th same paper work to CoH we are tired of this paperwork procedure tikuda kushandisa building iyiyo time is moving we end up working without that so called licence

sometimes will bribe those in office yoitwa ndiripo ndoenda mbavha dzecouncil dzirikutidyira time


mukanya 2 months ago

Where are the business licencing procedures?


Two Boy 2 months ago

The proper procedure to obtain a valid operating license from local authorities (council, municipality, district office) is to walk in to their physical addresses. Once at local office, companies can enquire and make payments from which authentic receipts can be issued.

Payments can only be made at a local authority representative office.

Individuals who claim to be collecting payments on behalf of local authorities should reveal their identity. And local authorities have no such workers.


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